Quick Fix: Hide a Blah Light Fixture with a Fruit Bowl

Amy Krist

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Angry at an ugly light? Stuck in a rental with unflattering reccessed lighting? When it's impossible to replace a light fixture, try masking it with a basic bowl.

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Amy Krist showed off her improved entryway lighting on her blog. With a cut-out fruit bowl and several cup hooks, it was easy to screw the bowl into the ceiling around the boring can lights. It gives the foyer a faux fixture to add style and balance to the space.

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Amy used this trick to cover a recessed light, but renters can adopt the idea to hide any less-than-lovely light fixture with the right bowl. You can even do a fruit bowl facelift with bigger dome lights by removing the glass cover (as if you were going to change the bulb) and using a bowl to camouflage the rest of the fixture hardware.

Which bowls would work best for this? Look for metal bowls with decorative cut-outs or filigree, or frosted bowls that are very translucent. Then just grab some mug hooks and get to work.

More info and images: Amy Krist

(Image credits: Amy Krist; eHow)

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